The Devil's Own Dice

The Devil's Own Dice : An Ex Secret Agent Paranormal Investigator Thriller

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Can you face the fear of total darkness? A psychic historian finds secret codes woven into an altar cloth and learns how to use the Temple Gates. But on a skiing holiday, his crippled wife is kidnapped by the witch Georgina, now allied with a murderous sect, and taken back to medieval France in this taught, dark thriller. He gambles with his life, chases the assassins and wakes up in an oubliette; a dungeon with no way out! It's pitch black, he doesn't know his jailer or remember his name. Could his captors be his arch-enemies; the Biblical shapeshifting Serpents? The dice are loaded. Where is he? Who put him here? How can he get out? Can you face the fear... of total... darkness? Shapeshifting, time travel and military conflict all come together in this richly plotted paranormal thriller. If you love the Da Vinci Code, you will adore The Devil's Own Dice. Also available as an eBook in DRM-Free formats (epub, SonyReader - LRF, Kindle .mobi, Palm Doc PDB, PDF, RTF and Plain Text) at smashwords.com/books/view/214167 From the author: My own family's roots, uncovered over ten years, had led me to one Guillaume; a Chevalier (Knight) in 13th Century Languedoc, France; my earliest ancestor. Simultaneously, I had pursued a theological interest in the Cathars, first through reading a number of books about the Knights Templar and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci code and later, an interest in Monsegur and the Rennes-le-Chateau, near where the lost treasure of the Cathars is said to be hidden. My interest in the paranormal became focused around reincarnation and lycanthropy (werewolves and vampires). I have always loved old Hammer Horror films and particularly the work of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. I have also always been interested in luck, and the constant battle between good and evil, light and dark, and yin and yang; who isn't? My own luck seems to run in phases of waves; periods of good luck followed by periods of very bad luck. I decided that my main character, as well as being physically imperfect, must have some kind of rare interaction with luck and the forces of good and evil. From there, I developed the idea that luck might have something to do with the effect of the battle between good and evil: that in fact both Satan and God might both have one hand on the tiller of luck. I knew the main character would be flawed physically and yet have strange psychic powers but only when I wrote a scene in a graveyard, Highgate Cemetery, did I know that he would also become a Secret Agent and later an amateur sleuth. Yet another theme is Witchcraft. I have long been interested in the influence of Gurdjieff and Mdm. Blavatsky on modern western ideas. I also make frequent references to the Malleus Maleficarum - the witch-hunter's bible - and wicca, particularly Gardnerian wicca. You will also find references to some cult films such Eye of the Devil. The final theme I wanted to get into my novel was the gothic. The themes of murder, werewolves, vampires, blood, eroticism, sex and the paranormal are all things that I like in a novel. My influences are Kate Bush, The Mission, Lord Byron, John Keats (The Eve of St. Agnes is a particularly favourite poem of mine) and, to some extent, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Sex and death are the themes that everyone seems attracted to. As a consequence, I couldn't resist a climax to my novel that took place in one of the world's greatest Gothic masterpiece... Grab your copy today!"show more

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  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.35mm | 657.71g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514279533
  • 9781514279533

About Lazlo Ferran

During Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life, he has been an aeronautical engineering student, dispatch rider, graphic designer full-time busker guitarist and singer (recording two albums). He has traveled widely and had a long and successful career within the science industry but now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England. Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds. He has traveled widely, living for a while in Cairo during 1982. Later, he spent some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in the traditional Kyrgyz style. He has a keen interest in the Far East, Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe - the latter informing his series of books about vampires and werewolves. He keeps very busy writing in his spare time and pursuing his other interests of history, genealogy and history of the movies.show more

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